extremely loud and incredibly close

I just finished what I think could probably (I hesitate to say it) be the best book I've ever read. It was like crack. I couldn't put it down.

It's the first (I think) fictional story about 9/11 and it's told from the point of view of a kid who's dad dies in the World Trade Center. Jonathan Safran Foer has an incredibly unique view of the world and it is showcased in full force in this poignant, funny, terrible, sad, heartbreaking story of a kid who loved his dad more than anyone else in the world and goes on a quest in order to discover for himself why he had to die. It's a story about getting over our fears, learning how to trust others, doing right by people and the perils and neccesity of never letting go. It's also a story about how the past keeps repeating itself and how we never learn the lessons it's trying to teach us even though events keep having the same effect on our lives.

Much like Everything is Illuminated, this book is really two stories in one, of the past intertwining with the present and affecting the future. Foer's characters are always oddballs and misfits who have an interesting take on life. It's beautiful and ugly and showcases humans in all of their glory and misfortune. We're none of us perfect and sometimes we have to do what's right for ourselves even though it hurts someone we care about. As Foer writes, 'sometimes you have to do something bad in order to do something good.'

I say this a lot, but this time I mean it. It's a must-read.


::sg:: said...

Told you it was good! Now you should read "The History of Love" by Nicole Krauss... who happens to be Jonathan Safran Foer's wife. It was equally as delightful.

craptastic said...

'good' is an understatement, it was unbelivably life altering. man. the best book i've read in about ten years.

i've got nicole krauss on the list.

craptastic said...

sorry for my bad grammar skillz people. i just noticed that i got the whole affect/effect thing royally screwed up.

i fixed it.

don't be afraid to point that shit out.